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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Variable Mimic White
Dismorphia theucharila  DOUBLEDAY, 1848
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - DISMORPHIINAE
Dismorphia theucharila avonia, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The subfamily Dismorphiinae, to which the Wood Whites of Europe belong, has its headquarters in South America, where 51 different species are found. The neotropical genera include Dismorphia, Enantia, Lieinix, Patia, Moschoneura and Pseudopieris.
The 30 species in the genus Dismorphia are characterised by having long narrow almost elliptical fore-wings, and disproportionately large hindwings.
Dismorphia theucharila is distributed from Mexico to Ecuador and Brazil. There are 13 named subspecies, all of which are mimics of various unpalatable glasswing and tiger-pattern Ithomiines.

Dismorphia theucharila theucharila, Medellin, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins

Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 200-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes are usually found as singletons flying in forest edge habitats.

Dismorphia theucharila avonia, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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